Thursday, January 24, 2008

MISSOURI NEWS: 2007 Is Third Largest Deer Harvest On Record

Good hunting by archers contributed to the third-largest deer hunting harvest on record by the time the 2007 hunting season ended, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Hunters took 302,666 whitetails during the hunting season.

Although the harvest was seven percent below the previous year’s hunt, the harvest still ranked third.

Several factors made the hunting season difficult to deal with, according to the department.

Acorn production was down, which caused deer to congregate where food was available. But warm, windy weather during November and an ice storm late in the hunting season affected hunter turnout. Biologists also found more evidence deer were infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease in some areas.


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